Christopher Scheer

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Christopher Scheer (born September 8, 1968) is an American writer, and the co-author, with Robert Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudhry, of The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq,[1] published in 2003 in the U.S., the United Kingdom and Australia. The book appeared on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list and was a part of the national debate in 2004 about the then still popular Iraq War.[2] In 2010, he received co-author credit, with his father, on The Great American Stickup, which also appeared on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. In 2016, he received co-author credit for "California Comeback: How a 'Failed State' Became a Model for the Nation," with Narda Zacchino.


Scheer was born in Berkeley, California. His parents are Anne Butterfield Weills and journalist Robert Scheer.[3]

A graduate of Berkeley High School (1985) and UC Santa Barbara (1990), he co-founded and edited Prognosis, an English-language newspaper in Prague.[4][5] Later, he worked with Oliver Stone as a creative consultant on the Academy-award nominated script for Nixon,[6] as well as several unproduced scripts.

After working as an editor at The San Francisco Examiner[7] for several years, as well as writing for The Nation, the Los Angeles Times[8] and other publications, he launched the news/activism website for Working Assets, then moved on to become the managing editor of the alternative news site, Alternet.[9] Currently, he teaches debate, mock trial, and journalism[10] at Skyline High School in Oakland, California. He is the advisor for Skyline's national award winning student newspaper The Oracle.


  1. ^ Scheer, Christopher; Scheer, Robert; Chaudhry, Lakshmi (2003). The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq. Akashic Books and Seven Stories Press. ISBN 1-58322-644-3.
  2. ^ "Mark Green v. Robert & Christopher Scheer: A Debate on Kerry & the Democratic Contenders". Democracy Now!. February 9, 2004.
  3. ^ "My Genealogy - Information about Anne Butterfield Weills". Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  4. ^ Powers, Charles T. (1992-01-13). "For some young Americans, Prague is the place to wait out recession. It's a 'Left Bank of the '90s,' a . . . Land of Opportunity". Los Angeles Times. p. E-1.
  5. ^ Copeland, Henry (April 1992). "Wild, Wild East". Details.
  6. ^ Christopher Scheer at IMDb
  7. ^ Scheer, Christopher (December 19, 1999). "The battle to be a breeder". San Francisco Chronicle.
  8. ^ Scheer, Christopher (1995-08-14). "Thailand to L.A., a Life of Debasement Thai slaves: The women found in a garment sweatshop were conditioned by their culture to accept fate". Los Angeles Times. p. B-5. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
  9. ^ "Stories by Christopher Scheer". Alternet. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016.
  10. ^ Gross, Rachel (April 7, 2010). "Rethinking High School Education in Oakland".